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View from the Plateau

Monday, May 14, 2007

I got on and off the scale about 5 times! Put on my glasses and checked again! Checked to see if the scale was adjusted right! But the needle still didn't move from the 69 kilo mark! I had always heard about the plateau, but this one really surprised me because I did so well keeping to plan all week last week. The only thing I didn't do right was get enough sleep on a couple of nights. Can that really make such a big difference?

So, I've read the various articles on SP about what to do when you hit a plateau and I'm going to surprise my bod with some extra cardio this week and see if that helps. I'm not too discouraged because my clothes are fitting better, I did release another inch from my waist...still riding high on the 3-lb weight loss from last week, too.

And, I finally started prayer journaling again yesterday. First time since February.



Friday, May 11, 2007

This week has gone well. I've been consistent in meeting my goals, and flying high on the fact that I actually lost 3 pounds last week. Still, there was a good post on SP that talked about focusing, not on the losses, but on the GAINS. I've gained a better body image, more flexibility, muscle tone and strength, But I'm not just my body image improve, but my skin feels and looks better, and I have more energy. I'll also be gaining BACK some wardrobe items (like that nice navy suit) that are still a bit too tight.

Even better than all those gains is the JOY in feeling closer to the Lord because I'm leaning more on him to help me make all those little decisions that come up each day: resisting temptations, negative thoughts and choosing the healthy way. What a good friend he is!


Plugging along

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Someone at church commented about my looking slimmer. That was a great feeling!

It's a little tedious entering all my foods individually using the metric measurements, but it only needs doing once. My favorites list in the nutrition tracker is getting longer by the day. Tomorrow's weigh in and measurement day. Ich bin gespannt! (I'm curious to see the numbers!)


Out to lunch

Friday, May 04, 2007

...yesterday and did pretty well! Went with one of my English groups to Block House, an American style steakhouse where you can ask for the menu in English (good practice for the students). I learned that the restaurant lists the nutrition info for their menu on their website - cool. I don't think many places in Germany do this. It still took some work to figure out my calorie count because I ate the whole piece of grilled turkey and the cole slaw, but just half of the potato and skipped the piece of garlic bread altogether: total was around 500 cal.

I think what helped was that I knew this restaurant and had pretty much decided what and how much I was going to eat beforehand. No earth-shattering news there, but good to remember.


Fast Fueler

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

I finally got around to taking the profile quiz and it really nailed it. I continue to be impressed by all the tools and info on the Spark site. I'm curious how many others fit into the Fast Fueler type. Somehow, I have a feeling we may be in the majority!?

The strategies they suggested are what's been working for me. Only exception is number 5 because I don't drink coffee and rarely caffeinated tea.

1. Pack your lunch or have someone pack for you so it's there when you need it.
2. Have and use plenty of disposable resealable containers of different sizes.
3. Batch-cook food on Sunday (I try to do this on Saturday or Monday morning) for the rest of the week.
4. Make a point to have more fresh fruit and vegetables within arm's reach.
5. Try cutting the intake of coffee and soda in half or substituting with green tea


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